Dr Chris Staff 6th November 2020
- In the last week virtually all countries included in the study have experienced a further increase in the 14-day rate of new notifications per 100000 population, with the exception of Ireland and Finland.
- Countries have imposed total lockdowns (UK, France, Belgium, and Germany), regional lockdowns (Italy and Denmark), partial national lockdowns (Austria, Portugal), and increased measures (Netherlands, Norway, Greece, and Spain).
- Malta’s rate is relatively steady compared to last week, but is still at too high a rate and various medical associations are warning that hospitals will be unable to simultaneously cope with severe coronavirus cases and other medical emergencies.
- Compared to when schools had been open for five weeks in other countries, Malta is still registering the highest 14-day rate of new notifications per 100000 population.
- What happens next is down to each and every one of us. If people don’t properly practice social distancing, face mask wearing, and hand washing; if people meet socially to eat and drink (and take off their masks) in the presence of people from other households; if good practices are not followed in workplaces where it is essential for employees to share workspaces; then coronavirus will be given the change to spread from one household to another.